Outer-Facing Cameras on Mac Laptops

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
I think all Mac laptops should get outer-facing cameras. The iPhone and iPad have them. They would be great for filming and FaceTime. It probably wouldnt cost too much more, and I could see it in the future. The possibilities are endless with an outer-facing camera.

What do you guys think?

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  • Reply 1 of 8
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    I'd imagine anywhere you'd be with a working laptop that you'd want to show a FaceTime companion your surroundings, you could either spin the laptop around quickly or you'd already be doing it on your iPad/iPhone.
  • Reply 2 of 8
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    I'd imagine anywhere you'd be with a working laptop that you'd want to show a FaceTime companion your surroundings, you could either spin the laptop around quickly or you'd already be doing it on your iPad/iPhone.



    FaceTime was just an example. How about if you want to film a video, but you want to see what the camera sees without ducking under its line of sight.
  • Reply 3 of 8
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    FaceTime was just an example. How about if you want to film a video, but you want to see what the camera sees without ducking under its line of sight.



    Then you'd use a camcorder?
  • Reply 4 of 8
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Then you'd use a camcorder?



    You could, but can you plug a camcorder into your computer and have a live video feed?

    What if you don't have a camcorder?
  • Reply 5 of 8
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    Originally Posted by PogoStick29 View Post


    You could, but can you plug a camcorder into your computer and have a live video feed?

    What if you don't have a camcorder?



    Interesting take, I concede that point.



    My only concern is the increased fragility. It just doesn't seem safe. It's like those Side?view?(?) Side? show?



    Those little secondary screens on the earliest Windows 7 computers. The ones that were supposed to show widgets. They never caught on, and I can imagine they ramped up the breakability of the thing by a decent amount.
  • Reply 6 of 8
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    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


    Interesting take, I concede that point.



    My only concern is the increased fragility. It just doesn't seem safe. It's like those Side?view?(?) Side? show?



    Those little secondary screens on the earliest Windows 7 computers. The ones that were supposed to show widgets. They never caught on, and I can imagine they ramped up the breakability of the thing by a decent amount.



    That's true, but I'm not talking about a screen. Just a camera. As far as protection, the iPhone's camera is exposed, but surrounded by a ring. The same could apply here. Apple could even market cases that provide additional protection.
  • Reply 7 of 8
    hmmhmm Posts: 3,405member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PogoStick29 View Post


    You could, but can you plug a camcorder into your computer and have a live video feed?

    What if you don't have a camcorder?



    This is one of those jobs for an accessory. It's a weird use for a laptop anyway. Laptops are still designed for stable surfaces. With an ipad they're designed to be usable just held in one hand. Anyway this goes into pointless feature territory.
  • Reply 8 of 8
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    Originally Posted by hmm View Post


    This is one of those jobs for an accessory. It's a weird use for a laptop anyway. Laptops are still designed for stable surfaces. With an ipad they're designed to be usable just held in one hand. Anyway this goes into pointless feature territory.



    I wouldn't call it pointless, but I see where you're going. Maybe Apple will make it possible to have a live video feed from a camera (maybe even wireless?).
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